A major appliance manufacturer has been fined after a person died from injuries suffered at work.
Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited was fined £700,000 after a self-employed contractor fell from a mobile elevated work platform (MEWP).
Team unaware of each other
The contractor, 66, had been working at a height of nearly 5 metres to install new fire detection equipment at the former Indesit factory in Yate, near Bristol.
While he was working on the equipment, Whirlpool UK maintenance staff had begun work on an overhead conveyor. They were unaware that the contractor was also working nearby.
The Whirpool team’s movement caused the MEWP the contractor was stood on to fall over.
He fell 5 metres to the factory floor and later died from his injuries.
No measures in place to work at same time
There was no control or supervision in place to prevent the conflicting work tasks from being undertaken at the same time, according to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report.
Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited has pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court to breaching section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, been fined £700,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,466.
HSE inspector Matt Tyler said: “This is a tragic case where the incident could have been prevented if the company had planned and controlled the work properly.”
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 26, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown